2017 World University Games: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


It’s day 5 of the Summer Universiade (also known as the World University Games) in Taipei, and tonight’s finals session schedule is loaded with big events.

In the men’s 800, top qualifier Mykhailo Romanchuk will try to hold off 1500 free champ Gregorio Paltrinieri. The women’s 200 breast final has five women qualified within eight tenths of a second at the top, led by Japan’s Kanako WatanabeThe men’s 100 free should be another shootout, with four men going sub-49 in semifinals and American Ryan Held on top at 48.50. And Italy’s Elena di Liddo leads the women’s 100 flyers into the final as the only woman under 58 in semis.

We’ll also have semifinals of the women’s 200 free, men’s 100 fly, women’s 50 back, men’s 200 back and men’s 50 breast.

Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event updates from Taipei, and follow @SwimSwamLive on Twitter for more up-to-the-second highlights of all the swimming action.


  • WR: 7:32.12 – LIN ZHANG (People’s Republic of China), ROME (ITA), 29 Jul 2009
  • WUG: 7:47.24 – LATOURETTE CHAD ERIC (United States of America), BELGRADE (SRB), 07 Jul 2009

Top 3:

1500 free champ Gregorio Paltrinieri pushed out to a half-body-length lead over Mykhailo Romanchuk early, but the Ukrainian started to press late in the race. The Italian Paltrinieri, though, is incredibly tough to pass down the stretch, and he held on for gold in a new World University Games record 7:45.76.

Paltrinieri was the Olympic champ in the 1500, and is still one of the top swimmers worldwide in the 800, which will be added as an Olympic event in 2020.

Romanchuk wound up second in 7:46.28, also under the old meet record. His Ukrainian countryman Sergii Frolov was third in 7:51.06 as Ukraine swept the minor medals.

American Grant Shoults pulled out fourth in 7:53.83, beating Great Britain’s Jay Lelliott (7:55.36). Gergely Gyurta of Hungary was the last man under 8 minutes, going 7:58.22 for sixth.

WOMEN’S 200M FREESTYLE – Semifinals

  • WR: 1:52.98 – PELLEGRINI FEDERICA (Italy), ROME (ITA), 29 Jul 2009
  • WUG: 1:57.31 – ANDREEVA VIKTORIIYA (Russian Federation), KAZAN (RUS), 15 Jul 2013

Top 8:

  1. Haughey (HKG) – 1:58.71
  2. Guzhenkova (RUS) – 1:58.87
  3. Lyrio (BRA) – 1:59.08
  4. Drabot (USA) – 1:59.11
  5. Evans (BAH) – 1:59.19
  6. Savard (CAN) – 1:59.44
  7. Rasmus (USA) – 1:59.47
  8. Openysheva (RUS) – 1:59.53

It was a pretty sleepy evening in the 200 free, with the top threats a bit off their best paces. In the first semi, Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey was the top finisher, going 1:58.71, and that time held up over both semis as the leader. Haughey was 1:58.71 – she’ll try to add this 200 gold to her 100 free gold tomorrow night.

Russia’s Anastasia Guzhenkova took second in that heat and overall, going 1:58.87. In the second semi, four swimmers came to the wall together, sweeping the next four qualifying spots. Manuella Lyrio led for Brazil in 1:59.08, and within a tenth were American Kate Drabot (1:59.11) and the Bahamas Joanna Evans (1:59.19). Canada’s Katerine Savard also joined the mix.

The other American, Claire Rasmus, is into the final, along with Russia’s relay hero Arina Openysheva, who split a 1:57 on that relay anchor, but was only 1:59.53 in semis.

MEN’S 100M BUTTERFLY – Semifinals

  • WR: 49.82 – PHELPS MICHAEL (United States of America), ROME (ITA), 01 Aug 2009
  • WUG: 50.85 – DUNFORD JASON (Kenya), BELGRADE (SRB), 09 Jul 2009
  1. Khloptsov (UKR) – 51.80
  2. Martins (BRA) – 52.16
  3. Kobori (JPN) – 52.33
  4. Ivanov (UKR) – 52.35
  5. Czerniak (POL) – 52.40
  6. Pulai (HUN) – 52.57
  7. Lanza (BRA) – 52.62
  8. Sadovnikov (RUS) – 52.63

Only one man broke 52 seconds in semifinals of the men’s 100 fly, and it was Andrii Khloptsov of the Ukraine. His 51.80 puts him three tenths ahead of the other semifinal winner, Brazil’s Henrique Martins, heading into the final.

Martins was 52.16. Both men will be joined by an ally in the final: Khloptsov has fellow Ukrainian Oleksii Ivanov, who was second in the second semi with a 52.35, and Martins has Vini Lanza (52.62).

Japan’s Yuki Kobori made the final with the third-best time, 52.33. Meanwhile Poland will be represented by Konrad Czerniak, Hungary by Bence Pulai and Russia by Aleksandr Sadovnikov. Both Americans were just outside the top 8, with Japan’s Nao Horomura 9th.


  • WR: 2:19.11 – MOLLER PEDERSEN RIKKE (Denmark), BARCELONA (ESP), 01 Aug 2013
  • WUG: 2:22.32 – KANETO RIE (Japan), BELGRADE (SRB), 09 Jul 2009

Top 3:

  • GOLD – Kanako Watanabe (JPN) – 2:24.15
  • SILVER – Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) – 2:24.61
  • BRONZE – Mariia Temnikova (RUS) – 2:24.73

It was American Kayla Brumbaum leading most of the way, but Japan’s Kanako Watanabe closed hard at the end to steal the win in 2:14.15 – that completes a sweep of the Olympic-distance breaststroke races for Watanabe, who also won the 100 breast earlier in the week.

South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker was a half-second back in 2:24.61, with Russia’s Mariia Temnikova also closing hard and swimming by Brumbaum down the stretch. Brumbaum wound up just outside the medals, going 2:24.91 for fourth.

Korea’s Yang Jiwon was 2:25.88 to close out the top tier of athletes, with the rest of the field about two seconds back. That was 6th-place Reona Aoki, Watanabe’s Japanese teammate who was second in the 100. Germany’s Jessica Steiger (2:28.31) and Russia’s Sofia Andreeva (2:30.01) rounded out the field.


  • WR: 46.91 – CIELO CESAR (Brazil), ROME (ITA), 30 Jul 2009
  • WUG: 47.62 – MOROZOV VLADIMIR (Russian Federation), KAZAN (RUS), 10 Jul 2013

Top 3:

  • GOLD – Ryan Held (USA) – 48.36
  • SILVER – Kacper Majchrzak (POL) – 48.38
  • BRONZE – Katsumi Nakamura (JPN) – 48.63

In a photo finish, American Ryan Held outlasted Poland’s Kacper Majchrzak by .02 seconds to win the men’s 100 free gold. Held was 48.36, just a tenth off his lifetime-best from last summer’s Olympic Trials.

Majchrzak was 48.38 for second, and Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura snuck in for bronze in 48.63.

Brazil’s Gabriel Santos got in for fourth, the last man under 49 in 48.84. American Maxime Rooney was 49.16, showing remarkable consistency in the low-49s. He touched out the other Brazilian, Pedro Silva Spajari, who was 49.17.


  • WR: 27.06 – JING ZHAO (People’s Republic of China), ROME (ITA), 30 Jul 2009
  • WUG: 27.89 – ZUEVA ANASTASIA (Russian Federation), KAZAN (RUS), 15 Jul 2013

Top 8:

  1. Deloof (USA) – 28.09
  2. Stevens (USA) – 28.11
  3. Kameneva (RUS) – 28.30
  4. Tchorz (POL) – 28.39
  5. Toussaint (NED) – 28.49
  6. Park (KOR) – 28.64
  7. Prikhodko (RUS) – 28.68
  8. Whittaker (AUS) – 28.69

The two Americans went 1-2 in semifinals, winning both evening heats to take the inside lanes for tomorrow night’s final. Ali Deloof is the top seed at 28.09, and Hannah Stevens was 28.11.

Russia got two into the final as well. Mariia Kameneva was third in 28.30 and Irina Prikhodko seventh with a 28.68.

Poland’s Alicia Tchorz made the final in 4th at 28.39, a tenth up on the Netherlands’ Kira Toussaint (28.49), Korea’s Park Hanbyeoi took sixth in 28.64, and 100/200 back champ Sian Whittaker will have a lane to try the threepeat, going 28.69 for the last spot.

MEN’S 200M BACKSTROKE – Semifinals

  • WR: 1:51.92 – PEIRSOL AARON (United States of America), ROME (ITA), 30 Jul 2009
  • WUG: 1:54.13 – IRIE RYOSUKE (Japan), BELGRADE (SRB), 10 Jul 2009

Top 8:

  1. Rapsys (LTU) – 1:57.47
  2. Katz (USA) – 1:57.49
  3. Hagino (JPN) – 1:58.28
  4. Owen (USA) – 1:58.32
  5. Binedell (RSA) – 1:58.37
  6. Shabasov (RUS) – 1:59.40
  7. Larin (RUS) – 1:59.84
  8. Ciccarese (ITA) – 2:00.06

The second semifinal put up the three fastest times of the evening, led by Lithuanian Danas Rapsyswho is coming off a stellar 200 free win earlier in the meet. His 1:57.47 was enough to beat American Austin Katz (1:57.49) as well as Japanese versatile superstar Kosuke Hagino (1:58.28), the 200 IM champ in Taipei.

American Robert Owen won the first semifinal in 1:58.32, and he’s into the final just behind Hagino. South Africa’s Martin Binedell was 1:58.37 just behind Owen in that heat, with the two Russians (Andrei Shabasov and Roman Larin) taking 6th and 7th overall. Italy’s Christopher Ciccarese was the last man in, beating Hungary’s Gabor Balog by a tick for the spot.


  • WR: 55.48 – SJOSTROM SARAH (Sweden), RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), 07 Aug 2016
  • WUG: 57.63 – SAVARD KATERINE (Canada), KAZAN (RUS), 14 Jul 2013

Top 3:

Though Italy’s Elena di Liddo led upwards of 90 meters of the race, it was American Hellen Moffitt who flew home to pip the win in 58.75, eking out gold over di Liddo by .06 seconds. Moffitt wins the American women’s first gold of the 2017 Universiade, and the win also puts the Americans into a tie with Japan at 5 golds apiece.

Di Liddo hung on for second, with Great Britain’s Rachael Kelly (58.90) also charging hard.

The Netherlands Kinge Zandringa was fourth in 58.92, with American Katie McLaughlin 59.33 for fifth. That’s two tenths ahead of Brazil’s Daiene Dias (59.50) with the 50 fly medalists Yukina Hirayama (59.62) and Aliena Schmidtke (1:00.37) rounding out the heat.


  • WR: 25.95 – PEATY ADAM (United Kingdom of G. B. & N. I.), BUDAPEST (HUN), 25 Jul 2017
  • WUG: 27.06 – TONIATO ANDREA (Italy), GWANGJU (KOR), 08 Jul 2015

Top 8:

  1. Shymanovich (BLR) – 27.46
  2. Skagius (SWE) – 27.58
  3. Balandin (KAZ) – 27.61
  4. Schwingenschlogl (GER) – 27.62
  5. Wilson (USA) – 27.65
  6. Monni (BRA) – 27.69
  7. Rodrigues (BRA) – 27.77
  8. Greene (IRL) – 27.85

Belarus’s Ilya Shymanovich has been rolling up prize money in this event on the World Cup circuit, and he was able to easily pull the top qualifying spot here, going 27.46 to win the second semifinal. Just behind was Sweden’s Johannes Skagius (27.58), with the winner of the opening semifinal (Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan in 27.61) winding up third.

Germany’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl was a hundredth off of tying Balandin for that opening semi win, and he sits 4th heading into tomorrow night. American Andrew Wilson, who tied Shymanovich for gold in the 100 breast and won the 200, is fifth in 27.65.

A pair of Brazilians made the final, with Ireland’s Darragh Greene taking the final spot in 27.85. That means only four tenths separate 1st from 8th heading into tomorrow night’s medal showdown.

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5 years ago

The US Team is doing a great job, but I am especially proud of Ryan Held who turned his disappointment at not making the WC Team into a triumphant individual gold medal and a role as leader of the WUG Team! Truly an athlete to admire and respect!

Reply to  Danjohnrob
5 years ago

Also made the national team with that swim

5 years ago

Moffit got the first gold for the women, yeah.

5 years ago

Just a quick thought.
Why do people bash MA on swimswam but never Rooney. He trains with the gators but still his PBs are all from 2015 when he was a junior. MA had 2 PBs this year

Reply to  breaststroker
5 years ago

Partly because he went pro at the age of 14, he put himself out there and expectation to perform is high

Reply to  breaststroker
5 years ago

How about people don’t bash any talented teenage swimmers

Reply to  Klorn8d
5 years ago

KLORN8D- That’s the best option

Reply to  Klorn8d
5 years ago

How about we don’t overhype talented teenage swimmers that has never won long course international medal?

Harry Dresden
Reply to  Klorn8d
5 years ago

You know there’s a difference between bashing and criticizing right?

Reply to  Klorn8d
5 years ago

It’s not so much “bashing,” as observing. For bashing, there must be a distinct negative component. Saying “Despite being a phenom at 14 and the youngest pro ever, Andrew is less successful in long course than several other swimmers his age,” is not bashing. Saying “Michael Andrew is a bust who will never have a career” would qualify as bashing.

I see a lot more of the former, though the observations admittedly do come with snark at times.

Reply to  Klorn8d
5 years ago

No it helps me with my low self esteem and makes me feel better about being bad at swimming

Reply to  breaststroker
5 years ago

Pretty simple really.

Because Swimswam didn’t write articles about Rooney every other week they did M Andrew.

In other words: Rooney was never overhyped, while Andrew was the most hyped age grouper in the history of swimming.

Drama King
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
5 years ago

Along with Schooling .
Specially those practice pool swims should not hyped at all….

Reply to  Drama King
5 years ago

Schooling is an Olympic gold medalist, and a multiple US Open Record setter and NCAA Champion. He deserves some hype.

Reply to  SchoolingFTW
5 years ago

Well when you’re breaking NAGs every meet for 2 years you tend to get an article written about you everywhere. His dad probably pushed the pro thing again, very few 14 year olds are in control of that decision

Reply to  Swimnerd
5 years ago

I used to coach college, and knew what club programs not to recruit kids from because they rarely went any faster in college, and many were so burned out they didn’t make it through all four years of college. I felt like their coaches didn’t set them up for long term success, but rather pushed them to be at their best while in HS while they coached them. I wonder if Michael Andrew has been set up for long term success.

Reply to  breaststroker
5 years ago

I know, there is a deep level of dislike for him from many people here.

Reply to  breaststroker
5 years ago

Also not many other teenagers publically announcing they’re the next michael phelps

Justin Thompson
Reply to  breaststroker
5 years ago

It’s perfectly within reason to critique performances of these swimmers. We are fans of the sport and whether you like it or not there will be opinions put out there.

MA was a great age group swimmer, more so in SCY, but still great in LCM too. He was physically larger and developed more quickly than others his age and combine that with his talent resulted in him rewriting the NAGS across several age groups peaking at age 14 despite a highly controversial training program.

Due to his early success, MA, his father, media, and fans dubbed him the next Phelps and they played off that to help him go pro and to promote USRPT. Remember that MA was the… Read more »

Reply to  breaststroker
5 years ago

Rooney has been training with his club team this summer.

Reply to  breaststroker
5 years ago

MA is a pulbic persona from a swimming perspective. He also uses a non mainstream training method. The expectations are high and thats because he has been heavily promoted. I don’t think he is bashed so much as you think more like his swimming is heavily scrutinized or analyzed. As an example I commented on his body language after his prelim 100br yesterday..I don’t think I paid attention to anyone else’s reaction to their swim. I was curious if he was happy with his time cause it was his first swim of the meet. I just think this comes with the territory. Soon he will be known as a 50 only sprinter anyway and this will all die down.

E Gamble
Reply to  taa
5 years ago

I think the fact that he trains in a SCM pool to swim LCM is also not helping. It was fine when he was 13-14 and breaking SCY records.

5 years ago

Held with the Gold at 48.38.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Zanna
5 years ago

He actually did 48.36

Reply to  Zanna
5 years ago

Makes USNATIONAL team.

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